Last Train to BabylonBy: Charlee FamOut Now!!!
It’s been five years since Aubrey Glass left her Long Island hometown and since then, she’s crafted five perfect suicide notes—just in case. Now, her former best friend has gone and killed herself—Rachel always did have to be the center of attention—and Aubrey can’t believe her luck.
But Rachel’s untimely death doesn’t leave Aubrey in peace. There’s a voicemail from her former friend, left only days before her death that Aubrey must face—and worse, a tasteless after-party, disguised as a memorial for Rachel, that promises the opportunity to catch up with everyone…including the man responsible for everything that went wrong between her and Rachel.
As the event approaches, memories of friendship tangle with painful new encounters while underneath it all, Aubrey feels the rush of something closing in, something she can no longer run from. In one devastating night, everything will change. As the past and present collide, facing the future will force Aubrey to confront herself and decide what will define her…what lies behind or what waits ahead.
LAST TRAIN TO BABYLON is a gripping novel of twisting relationships and raw emotions pulled taut by a touch of delightfully dark comedy as a young woman faces the demons of a past she’s buried and discovers that the life she desires is one she must demand from herself.
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This is the first book I have read by this author, I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review so here goes….
This book is not for the faint hearted!!
It’s a dark, uncomfortable, thought provoking tale that will mess with your head and your heart and will spit you out affected.
Aubrey is a walking advert for mental health issues, I don’t want that to sound horrible but the girl is messed up!!!
I’m honestly not sure how I feel about her, I feel a level of empathy for her but I was also incredibly frustrated by her as well.
I get the feeling that this book is possibly semi autobiographical, I may be wrong and I honestly hope that I am. For someone real to feel the way that Aubrey feels is heartbreaking.
I really want to know what Rachel left on Aubrey’s voicemail, I know that this story isn’t really about Rachel but it will eternally bug me that we never know!!
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is mentioned several times in this book, I’ve read it and it’s a harrowing description of someone’s descent into severe depression and ultimately attempted suicide.
This book has a similar vibe to it, it’s been years since I read The Bell Jar but the absolute hopelessness of the story is one that has always stayed with me. Aubrey is obviously extremely depressed and getting a glimpse into her psyche was to be honest quite taxing!
I feel like I’ve been on a real emotional rollercoaster whilst reading this book and being completely honest I now feel a bit depressed.
The book ends with a slither of hope but for not enough to get closure and a reassurance that Aubrey is going to be ok.
As a reader we patiently wait for those books to come along that are deeper and different than the usual fluff we read and this is one of those books. Its not an easy read but the truly interesting and thought provoking things in life are rarely easy.
I’m not sure how I feel about this book it was hardcore but it did affect me 3.5 stars.
CHARLEE FAM is a twenty-something novelist living in New York City. A Long Island native, Charlee graduated from Binghamton University in 2010 with a degree in creative writing and several awards to her name. LAST TRAIN TO BABYLON is her first novel.
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